Monday 21 August 2017

Ballymore's Mulryan scoops top awards

Commercial Property Editor Ronald Quinlan and Sean Mulryan, who was the winner of the Overall Award and the Property Entrepreneur of the Year award at the ‘Irish Independent’ Property Excellence Awards 2016, held at the National Convention Centre. Photo: Iain White
Commercial Property Editor Ronald Quinlan and Sean Mulryan, who was the winner of the Overall Award and the Property Entrepreneur of the Year award at the ‘Irish Independent’ Property Excellence Awards 2016, held at the National Convention Centre. Photo: Iain White

Ronald Quinlan Commercial Property Editor

Ballymore Group chief Sean Mulryan emerged as the big winner at the annual KPMG Irish Independent Property Excellence Awards which were held in Dublin last night.

Over 800 property professionals gathered in the Convention Centre to celebrate the achievements of Ireland's leading commercial and residential agents, developers, architects, designers, investment managers and contractors.

Having played a major role in the regeneration and transformation of London's docklands, Mr Mulryan has steered a course for Ballymore through the crash, and is now back in Dublin building the million square foot office and residential development, Dublin Landings in partnership with Singapore-based Oxley Holdings.

That resilience was rewarded last night, with the Roscommon-born developer named property entrepreneur of the year and overall winner for 2016.

In other categories, the award for best commercial agency went to Jones Lang LaSalle, while the title of residential agency of the year went to Sherry FitzGerald. Galway-based agents O'Donnellan & Joyce received the award for regional excellence.

IPUT beat off stiff competition from Hibernia Reit, Irish Life and Friends First to secure the award for property investment/fund manager of the year.

Elsewhere, John Paul Construction won best contractor while Jones Investment Ltd secured the design award for the 'One Building', which is an impressive renovation of a building on Grand Canal Street originally designed by the late Sam Stephenson. Those industry stakeholders involved in projects geared specifically towards the delivery of a benefit to a particular community or society as a whole were also recognised.

Bridgedale Homes' delivery of the Marina Village residential scheme in Greystones earned the community benefit award, while Kavanagh Tuite Architects received the property conservation award for their work on the GPO Witness History Conservation Project.

The emerging talent award went to Dr James Duff, senior lighting designer at ARUP.

Addressing those in attendance at last night's event, Jim Clery of KPMG said the flair, imagination and professionalism exhibited in all entries was significant.

"From the long established through to the emerging new professional talents, the 2016 award winners are setting the hallmark for gold standards," said Mr Clery.

Established in partnership with industry stakeholders and endorsed by all professional institutes, representative bodies and government agencies, the 2016 awards have drawn 200 entries across 11 categories.

Irish Independent

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